Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang spoke with Czech Minister of Defense Jana Cernochova following a welcome ceremony for the latter in Hanoi on Wednesday.
Minister Cernochova is leading a delegation on an official visit to Vietnam from Monday to Thursday.
This is the first visit to Vietnam by a Czech defense minister since then-Minister Alexandr Vondra visited the Southeast Asian country in 2012.
|Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang (L, 2nd) joins talks with Czech Minister of Defense Jana Cernochova in Hanoi, December 7, 2022. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre|
During the discussion, Minister Giang affirmed that the traditional friendship between Vietnam and the Czech Republic has been favorable to the promotion of cooperation between the two countries.
Bilateral ties in politics, education and training, economic matters, and trade have been maintained since the two countries reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic, he continued.
The official thanked the government and people of the Czech Republic for creating favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, study, and work in the European country, as well as for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Czech Minister of Defense Jana Cernochova (R) holds talks with Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang in Hanoi, December 7, 2022. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre|
The Czech Republic’s recognition of the Vietnamese community as the third-largest ethnic minority in the country has contributed to the enhancement of a good relationship between the two countries.
The two sides affirmed that their bilateral cooperation still has room for development, especially in sectors such as training, defense, and technical assurance.
In order to further develop defense ties between the two countries, both sides will strengthen cooperation in multiple areas, including the exchange of delegations at all levels, training and human resources, and mutual support in multilateral frameworks and mechanisms.